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Single Implant

Missing a tooth is charming and cute in young children. A gap-toothed smile prompts coos and echoing grins from adults all over the place. That same look in an adult can cause self-consciousness about smiling or laughing, and depending on why the tooth was lost in the first place, could be a sign of more and worse dental problems on the horizons.

Some common reasons for tooth loss include:

  • Improper oral hygiene
  • Accidents
  • Injury
  • Acid erosion caused by eating acidic foods or drinking acidic beverages like soda, coffee, and tea
  • Periodontal disease
  • Chronic illness

There was a time not too long ago when a bridge was the only corrective option available for this type of problem. The problem with a bridge was that it required the removal of healthy teeth in the area and replacement with a removable prosthetic. While it was a solution, the destruction of healthy teeth and the lifestyle changes a bridge prompted, from the types of activities one could engage in with the bridge in to the foods one could eat made bridges a less appealing option than they might otherwise have been.

Natural Looking Teeth

Today single tooth implants can help restore a missing tooth permanently, effectively, and in a way that looks and behaves just like your natural teeth. A single tooth implant starts with a surgical procedure in which Dr. De Andrade implants a post directly into the bone matrix of the jaw. This will function as the root of the synthetic tooth later in the process. Once the bone around the implant begins to grow around the implant, the next step is to attach another post to the subgingival (below the gum) post. This upper post will form the support of the synthetic tooth.

A dental implant can give you back the healthy, vibrant smile you want, but it does require the same care and attention to oral hygiene you give your natural teeth. Daily flossing and brushing, regular checkups, and conscientious aftercare are all key points to ensuring the health and longevity of your implants and your entire mouth. Typical aftercare consists of appointments every two to three months after the initial implantation to make sure there are no problems and for cleaning and maintenance. Once Dr. De Andrade clears you, you can resume your regular six-month checkup regimen.

While most patients can go straight to the initial post phase, some patients require bone augmentation (bone grafts) prior to the post setting. This will be determined on the basis of a comprehensive oral examination and the results of radiographic examination, and the options for your unique situation will be discussed after the examinations are complete.